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Description

A medieval history lecturer named Wil Mason has been transported to the fantasy world of Middlemere, which is ruled by four rival brothers. Wil's aim is to find the secret to how he was transported here and discover a way back.

Obitus is a role-playing game with action elements. It utilizes a first-person view for exploration, similarly to Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder. One of the more remarkable features is in the first-person mode: rather than having just 4 directs to face and flicking between them, there are 8 directions and the view scrolls smoothly as you turn. This smooth scrolling continues when you move forward, giving the game more of a 3D feel.

The action elements consist of horizontal scrolling areas where you fight enemies with your bow while avoiding their attacks. Later you encounter a similar type of gameplay that involves exploring castles and adds 4 directional movement.

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Obitus DOS Uh oh, under attack! (VGA)
Obitus SNES Opening screen
Obitus DOS Watch out for that guy with the catapult (VGA)
Obitus DOS Beginning the game (VGA)

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GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Play Time DOS Apr, 1992 71 out of 100 71
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Feb, 1991 7.8 out of 12 65
ST Format Atari ST Jun, 1992 61 out of 100 61
PC Joker DOS Apr, 1992 60 out of 100 60
Game Players SNES Mar, 1994 36 out of 100 36
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari ST May, 1991 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga May, 1991 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS May, 1991 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

In the PC version, it was much easier getting through the dungeons (which were dark in the original Amiga/ST versions if the player had no torch) since it only ran in 16-colours, leaving no way to darken the maze very well, so it got left as full brightness.
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